Galway people are on the move — with holiday bookings at one city-based travel agency, Corrib Travel, up by a whopping 50% this year.
To help cope with the demand, Corrib Travel have been on the move themselves, to bright modern new premises on Eyre Square – between Richardson’s and Fibber Magees – and have also doubled their staff.
The big demand this year among Galway holidaymakers is for more adventure-type breaks … especially in the value-for-money destinations in Asia and South America.
With security concerns having all but wiped out some of the most popular North African tourist trades, European destinations are getting more and more expensive.
But, according to Corrib Travel Manager, Clodagh Connolly, there is great value to be had for holidaymakers willing to go a little further afield.
“People are increasingly looking for holidays that are more than just beach breaks, and adventure holidays are becoming big business.
“The options are limitless — everything from safaris in Africa to climbing Kilimanjaro, visiting Machu Picchu in Peru, trekking, island hopping around Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and so on
“We’re seeing more and more Galway people looking for a holiday with a combination of beach, history and adventure.”
These are the kind of holidays becoming particularly popular with honeymooners and couples — with cruising, both in Europe and the Caribbean, also growing in popularity every year, she said.
One of the challenges facing travel agencies is to to make younger holidaymakers especially aware of the kind of services they provide, and the advantages they offer over online bookings.
“You set the parameters, give us your wish list for the kind of holiday you want, and we will find the flights, the accommodation, the perfect tour or activity, without all the hassle and the uncertainty of trying to do it online yourself.”
South America is a good example of a destination that’s difficult enough to do by yourself, according to Clodagh Connolly — and doing an independent itinerary yourself could end up costing you as much as 50% more than booking a tour.
“People might say ‘Oh I don’t want to go on a tour bus, sitting on a coach with a big crowd of other people’. But these tours are not like that, they cater for small numbers, you stay in people’s houses like B&Bs and get into the heart of the area you are travelling through.”
Clodagh also stresses the peace of mind which booking through a travel agent can bring: “We’re getting more people coming to us who’ve maybe been burned on the internet in the past, and didn’t get what they wanted or what they expected
“With us, on the other hand, we are part of the World Choice group which gives us access to holiday deals all over the world, we are bonded so everything is secure, and you have someone to contact at the end of the phone in the event of an unseen hitch while you’re away.”
App developer brings pampering back home
An Irish entrepreneur, whose grandmother hails from Tuam, has launched a new app that allows you to be pampered in the comfort of your own home.
Elaine Doheny – the woman behind uGlow – is calling on health, wellness and beauty professionals in Galway to sign up the app which will be available to customers later this spring.
uGlow is a booking platform for health, beauty and wellbeing services wherever, and whenever you want.
In the first phase of the launch, uGlow are looking for professionals (GloPro’s) to sign up to the app. The services will be available to customers from April.
“Right now, uGlow’s focus is to get professionals in the areas of wellness beauty and lifestyle signed up – the hair stylists, beauticians, nail technicians, massage therapists, personal trainers, yoga and pilates instructors, stylists, you name it,” explained Elaine.
“The benefits for professionals signing up to uGlow include having more control over your time and increasing your revenue potential. uGlow works very much off your location so as the platform grows, you can work from anywhere in the world.
“The professionals, otherwise known as GlowPro’s, will also be given access to training and webinars on marketing their businesses, managing their finances and developing their brand.
“Freelancing can be lonely so I’d like uGlow to become a community for the freelance hairdressers, lactation specialists and other service providers who sign up to the app.”
The benefits for the professional is that it gives them the freedom and flexibility to plan their working week around their availability and opens them up to new audiences around Ireland – and globally in the future.
For the customer, it means they can be pampered anywhere, anytime at whatever cost they can afford; you make an offer on the App and the professional can choose to accept/decline – and one per cent of every booking will go to charity.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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Why NUI Galway is the University of choice for 2022
It’s a time in our lives that many of us can relate to. Life after the Leaving Cert. When what feels like all the studying in the world is narrowly behind you and all of a sudden, you’re faced with one of the most important decisions of your life. As daunting as it can be, choosing where to study can become one of the most rewarding decisions you’ll ever make.
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NUI Galway, recently awarded the Sunday Times University of the Year for 2022, is a place where you can take the weight of potential from your shoulders and plant it in fertile soil. The diversity, dynamism, and direction, embodied in the culture of this city, is plain to see reflected within the historic walls of its prestigious and proud university.
Situated in the heart of Galway city, renowned for its natural beauty, students at the university can benefit from a place famed for its creativity, become empowered by values of excellence and sustainability, and truly contribute to a lasting vision for the future. With world class teaching, offering a wide-ranging array of subjects that seek to take on the most significant contemporary and future challenges facing humanity.
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A thriving student community awaits, ranked in the top 30 most beautiful campuses in Europe, welcoming students from all over the world. The west of Ireland is a place for the untamed mind to truly explore, both academically and culturally, but the sense of togetherness and collaboration that students will experience can be the bond, forming friendships that last a lifetime.
NUI Galway degree courses have adapted in an instinctive way to a world interrupted by the Covid-19 Pandemic and, in many cases, allowing students to study subjects from a broad context for the first year, getting a feel for them before specialising later. This energising approach to study has proved to be not only popular, but hugely effective in navigating the challenges of the career street map.
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Surrounding yourself with exceptional facilities and technology, immersing yourself in a research ecosystem that informs industry, and setting your creative spirit free in a place of natural wonder are, in isolation, resounding reasons to choose NUI Galway as a place to take the next steps in your life’s adventure.
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Fears on inflation and supply
Inflation – general and wages – along with supply chain issues are the issues of most concern to a majority of business leaders as their organisations face into 2022.
That’s according to the latest quarterly research by the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland, which has also found that a majority of business leaders remains optimistic about the financial performance of their primary organisation in both Q1 2022 and, indeed, for the year 2022.
The advance findings of the IoD’s latest Director Sentiment Monitor survey for Q4 2021, to be published in January, found that 86% of the business leaders are concerned that general inflation will negatively impact the financial performance of their primary organisation in Q1 2022.
And 83% of the survey’s respondents fear that wage inflation will impact staff retention and staff recruitment over that same first quarter.
Nearly a third say their business model has been adapted for supply chain issues – but two-thirds remain concerned regarding their primary organisation and its supply chain issues for the end of 2021.
Again, 34% of respondents say supply chain issues are impacting their ‘bottom line’ for 2021 – and 46% of the business leaders are concerned that there will be supply chain issues for their primary organisation in 2022.